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Dynamic Vintage Divas

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 29, 2008

eartha5In honor of Eartha Kitt, who passed at 81 on Christmas day, we have composed a little dedication to the Dynamic Vintage Divas that paved the platinum and gold walkway for our current divas. These women had wicked style, were sickeningly sexy and constantly classy. The best thing about them is that their beauty is timeless and their impact helped change the way we view ourselves as black women, and the way the rest of the world views us. They helped give black women confidence and inspired most of the trends that we are into today. Yes we still have a ways to go, but they’ve taken the most difficult steps for us.



Eartha Kitt



  Orson Welles deemed her “the most exciting woman in the world!” He gave her the role of Helen of Troy in the stage version of Dr. Faust in 1950.

The self-proclaimed “sex kitten” was famous for her cat-like puuuurrrrr, her portrayal as the first black Catwoman, and her song “Santa Baby.”

Born in South Carolina on a Cotton Plantation and rose to International Star Status

Dorothy Dandridge



 Born in Cleveland Ohio, her parents created an act for Dorothy and her sister, which was later called Dandridge Sisters

Starred in Carmen Jones in 1954 alongside Diahann Carroll

First African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress

Was swindled out of over $100,000 by her financial reps and accountants

Lena Horne


 Born and raised in Brooklyn, she was blacklisted from tv and film for nearly a decade because of her outspokenness  

Quit school when she was 14 and got her first stage job ay 16

Felt that her looks were both a blessing and a curse

Diahann Carroll


Diahann Carroll

 Best known for her title role in Julia (1968) as the first black woman starring in her own series and not playing a domestic worker

Played a reoccurring role in Dynasty, one of the most popular soap opera’s of all time

 Starred alongside Lena Horne in Carmen Jones in 1954

Other Notable Vintage Divas

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday



Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker


Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin


Tina Turner

Tina Turner


Pam Grier

Pam Grier


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